||Federation and Meteorology
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Observers and Volunteers
Meteorology on Television
Broadcasting From the Weather Room
Direct Radio Broadcasts of Weather Information
Weather on Commercial Television in Melbourne
Meteorology in the Television Programme
TV Weather Adelaide
TV Weather Brisbane
TV Weather Hobart
TV Weather Melbourne
TV Weather Report
TV Weather Sydney
Public AppreciationTV Weather Services
BureauMedia Workshops in Melbourne and Perth
'Meet the Met' on Video
Weather on Commercial Television in MelbourneNo. 1 August 1956, Item 362
When telecasting commenced in Melbourne all three channels presented a "live" weather programme, but Bureau staff were made available only to the ABC. The two commercial stations employed specialist announcers who gave weather commentaries based on information from the Bureau. This proved unsuccessful and both stations finally decided it would be more effective simply to read out the Bureau forecast as a news item.
Station GTV 9 had attempted to overcome the difficulty by showing a copy of a weather chart from the Bureau on the screen while the duty meteorologist, looking at the chart on a television set at the Bureau, gave a two to three minute commentary by landline. This system was found to be unsatisfactory and abandoned.
Recently, after about a year without any weather commentaries, GTV 9 requested two new services. One is a three to four minute talk on weather topics during the children's session on Friday evenings. These talks are prepared in the Training Section and are directed to children of an age group of about twelve years. It is intended to circulate the scripts later to Divisional Offices in case similar requests are made in other cities. The talks are currently being given by Mr. F. A. Powell, Senior Meteorologist of the Victorian Divisional Office.
The second request from GTV 9 was for a daily forecast for use in the breakfast session. The compere's assistant rings the Bureau while "on camera" and then relays the forecast given her to the compere who writes on a blackboard the metropolitan forecast and expected maximum temperature. During the course of the session, this written forecast, together with other information considered appropriate to that part of the day, such as the time or train arrivals, is flashed on the screen a number of times.
People in Bright Sparcs - Powell, Frank Anthony (Tony)
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